According to the Bild Am Sonntag newspaper, Germany is looking to ban the sale of products from the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Group in the country because of a diesel emissions dispute.
The newspaper regarded as the Federal Motor Transport Authority in Germany found evidence of a defeat device that could stop certain emissions controls after working for 22 minutes. And in case you did not know, a standard emissions test in the European Union has a completion interval of around 20 minutes. That is quite convenient!
FCA has denied the allegations received, saying that “We believe all our vehicles respect the EU emissions standards and we believe Italian regulators are the competent authority to evaluate this.” The statement was met with criticism from the German authorities, especially after FCA refused to meet with the German Transport Minister, Alexander Dobrindt, to address the matter.
Meanwhile, the Italian Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, Graziano Delrio, promised to collaborate with the German authorities on behalf of the FCA Group and handle the matter. The European Union law is requiring FCA to sell its vehicles in Italy because that is where the company has its regional operations located.
Besides its current issues in Europe, Fiat Chrysler has recently filed a recall notice with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for 392,464 older-model Jeep SUVs in the United States in order to replace their clock spring inside the wheel and some related components. The automaker is also recalling 39,217 Fiat 500 mini-cars built between 2012 and 2016 in the U.S. in order to upgrade their clutch release systems.